For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life, NASA and a Belgian-led research team announced Wednesday. (Feb. 22)
Barren Island volcano erupts off India’s eastern coast. Scientists witnessed eruption from one nautical mile away, were unable to land due to dangerous volcanic activity
Los Angeles County police and fire officials staged a dramatic rescue on live TV after two cars – one occupied – tumbled into a sinkhole as storm Lucifer exerted its wrath.
You can watch live news reporting as it happened on February 18 above and below. According to ABC 7, one person was injured after falling into the Studio City sinkhole in California. The TV station said the person in the car, a woman, was rescued and taken to the hospital in unknown condition; a second car fell into the gaping asphalt hole too, but it wasn’t occupied, according to ABC 7.
Landslide in San Bernardino County, California
See incredible video released by the California National Guard showing a swift water rescue team saving the life of an 81-year-old man who had be swept from his car into rushing waters.
Harrowing video has been captured of a fire tornado as it ripped through a property in Western Australia. The footage was shot by Danny Robinson near Exmouth in Western Australia on Monday at about 4pm. 'The upward forces of the fire tornado managed to rip and tear shrubs completely out of the ground, tossing them some tens of metres into the air,' Mr Robinson told Reuters.
New Orleans residents were awestruck as a gigantic tornado approached their window on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
THE moment a rare “snownado” touched down on a Scottish mountain has been captured in a dramatic video. The “beautiful but scary” snow devil can be seen whirling snow and ice in a circle at least 100ft high near the car park on Cairngorm, near Aviemore. Lynn Godfrey was on holiday in Aviemore for the annual dog sled rally when she filmed the unusual weather phenomenon on January 30.
Midwestern skies were lit up by a breathtaking meteor that caught the eye of hundreds in the early hours of Monday morning. Footage captured by a Lisle, Illinois, police dashcam shows the jaw-dropping moment the glowing meteor soared across the sky. More than 100 people reported sightings around 1:30am, primarily in the Chicago area, but it was also seen in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri and Ontario, Canada. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, says the meteor was accompanied by a sonic boom that shook houses in the region. Last says radar shows the meteor passing over Lake Michigan, but he said it's not clear if it landed in the water or if it broke up in the sky.
Mexico's Colima volcano roared back to life on Friday (February 3) during an afternoon eruption which sent a column of ash and smoke 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) above its crater. The explosion could be seen from several kilometers (miles) away and sent ash raining down on surrounding areas in the states of Colima and Jalisco. Authorities said there was no need for area residents to evacuate, despite the powerful eruption. The 3,800-metre (12,500-feet) volcano has increased in activity since October, generating eruptive columns of heights ranging from 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) to 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) in height, sometimes accompanied by the release of incandescent fragments and pyroclastic flows. Since Jan. 3, the magnitude of the explosions has been increasing. The volcano is located in western Mexico between the states of Colima and Jalisco and is one of the country's most active. According to website volcanodiscovery.com, increased activity at the volcano is due to the growth of a new lava dome. The Colima Volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Mexico has more than 3,000 volcanoes, but only 14 are considered active.
Researchers from the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured dramatic footage showing a ‘firehose’ of lava flowing from the Kilauea Volcano and into the sea.
The video also captures littoral explosions as the super hot lava makes contact with the cold sea water at the Kamokuna lava tube.
An astonishing video shows an entire hotel collapsing into a river as the bank it stands on erodes away beneath it.
Drone footage shows the depth and width of the crack.
Incredible footage posted online shows a frozen wave mid-flow in Lake Baikal, Russia. As the camera gets closer, water can be seen freezing as it rolls ashore.
A new video from NASA allows space enthusiasts to land on Pluto, all without leaving their couch.
The video, titled “A Colorful ‘landing’ on Pluto,’ was recently created with 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in the summer of 2015.
“The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto -- starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon -- and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia,” NASA said in a statement.
According to NASA, mission scientists used black and white photos and later overlay low-resolution color from the Ralph color camera to give an accurate sense of how Pluto would look if you approached from above.
NASA released the footage on Jan. 19, and the clip already has over 500,000 views on YouTube.
After having been dormant for eight months Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily came back to life, as could been seen in timelapse footage recorded on Tuesday. Smoke was rising from the mouth of the volcano and several small strombolian explosions occurred. This is common behaviour for Mount Etna, according to volcanologist Boris Behncke at the Etnean Observatory of the INGV. Etna is Europe’s largest volcano, and among the most active on earth. It has four craters on its summit, where volcanic activity can take place continuously for several years or even decades.
The lights in Kaikoura, New Zealand shined brightly along the coast, while the stars that gleamed over the city looked amazing as they swept the night sky. This area of New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to see the stars of our galaxy. The Milky Way contains the Solar System, with a barred spiral galaxy some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, containing 100–400 billion stars.
Woman's car getting washed away in floodwaters near Placerita Canyon in Santa Clarita
Mexico's Colima volcano erupted twice in the last 24 hours, sending ash into the sky and lava flowing down its sides. State officials have recommended that all living in close proximity to the volcano take necessary precautions. (Jan. 19)
A volcano in western Indonesia was unleashing hot clouds of ash, indicating that volcanic activity in the area remains high. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 2 kilometres into the sky on Tuesday.
Stunning footage from the British Antarctic Survey shows deep icy cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf, which was discovered by scientist last year.
Incredible video footage has captured a mysterious and terrifying pulsating spider that has scientists scratching their heads.
Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brain. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish.
Biologists capture incredible 3D footage shows rattlesnake striking a kangaroo rat
NASA questions whether an area of the sun's open magnetic field will effect Earth's electronic communications.
Massive meteor falling in the first major meteor shower of 2017 – the Quadrantids – has been caught on camera by lucky car driver in northwestern Russia.
A new explosion from the Colima volcano on Saturday, December 7, led to a closure of a nearby airport and dusted towns downwind in volcanic ash.Mexican airport operator ASA tweeted that Colima airport would be closed following the latest eruption from volcano. Colima’s Civil Protection Agency reported that volcanic ash had fallen in Cuauhtémoc, a town located to the southwest of the volcano.
New video shot near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows a “fire hose” of lava pouring into the ocean, visible from the newly established lava-viewing area at Kamokuna.
This dramatic video shows huge plumes of smoke as lava flows into the ocean after a large section of a lava delta at the Kamokuna ocean entry of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park collapsed on New Year’s EveAfter the so-called “bench collapse”, the viewing area at the National Park was closed as park rangers and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists surveyed the area. A “bench” forms as lava flows over a seacliff into the ocean, forming an unstable ramp of rubble that can be undermined by landslides and slumps, causing a collapse. The collapse exposes the hot interior of the bench to the sea water, causing an explosion of acidic steam and rubble.
Images show the exact moment when a tourist is struck by lightning at Praia do Sonho, in Itanhaém, on the coast of São Paulo. Taline Campos, 25, had a cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition. Taline walks quietly by the edge of the sea, even after the storm has formed. At one point she is struck by lightning and falls to the ground. Another person standing next to her was not injured.
Beautiful photographs from all over our spectacular Planet Earth.
Federal agents took bribes of up to $215,000 and even egg rolls to smuggle marijuana and cocaine, provide critical information to drug cartels so they could bypass border security, falsify documents for illegal immigrants and just make some cases “go away,” according to a report.
In one case, Johnny Acosta, a Customs and Border Protection officer in Douglas, Ariz., where he screened individuals and vehicles, said he was contacted by a group Mexican drug dealers in September 2013 and agreed to allow them to drive vans packed full of marijuana across the US border.
Acosta said the smugglers from Agua Prieta, Mexico, would describe the vehicles carrying the illegal load of pot and Acosta would allow them to cross the border without inspection, according to the New York Times. Court documents said Acosta took more than $70,000 in bribes to help the traffickers move over a ton of marijuana.
Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Immigration Service Officer in Santa Ana, Calif., approved or denied citizenship applications for immigrants until she started taking bribes of money and food. In November 2011, according to the court documents, she approved a citizenship application in return for 100 egg rolls.
Then there’s the case of Joohoon David Lee. A federal Homeland Security agent working for Immigration and Custom Enforcement in Los Angeles, Lee interviewed a woman who said she came to the US to become a sex slave for a Korean businessman identified as HS in the court papers cited by the Times.
A year later, Lee contacted the businessman’s lawyer and said if he received an all-expenses-paid trip to Korea where he would interview HS, he would write a favorable report cleaning the accused man.
In 2013, Lee traveled to Seoul where HS picked up the tab for his hotel and entertainment expenses. While there Lee asked HG for for a “large sum of money” to make “any immigration issue go away.”
HS agreed and when Lee returned to California, he filed a report clearing HS. “Subject was suspected of human trafficking. No evidence found and victim statement contradicts. Case closed. No further action required,” Lee wrote. In all, Lee received about $13,000 in bribes, the Times reported.
The Times, after reviewing court records and internal Homeland Security documents from the past 10 years, show nearly 200 DHS employees have pocketed nearly $15 million in bribes.
And even thought they represent just 1 percent of the total number of employees at the agency that secures 7,000 miles of border, their cases represent the toll their illegal actions can have on the nation’s security.
A little bit of corruption can add up to a lot of harm.
“Any amount is bad, and one person alone can do a lot of damage. It doesn’t have to be widespread,” John Roth, the inspector general at Homeland Security, told the Times.
President-elect Donald Trump made border security a central theme of his presidential campaign, promising to build a wall to keep out criminals, rapists and drug dealers.
But a Homeland Security official said until corrupt agents can be weeded out of the agency, walls will have no effect on keeping trouble from the cross the country’s borders.
“It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees,” the official told the Times.